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Japan Center, San Francisco

(3.8/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki, has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.
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  • For lovers of Japanese cuisine or who want to get things imported from there. It is not expensive. And it is pleasant to
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  • None of these restaurants would survive a week in Japan but its better than nothing. This feels like a 1970's version of Tokyo.  more »
  • Nice to walk through, but not a lot more. Mostly businesses selling Japanese-made products, from low to high end. A few restaurants (which I understand are better located on the adjoining side street)...  more »
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  • This is a great garage with plenty of space. The price is decent too. I love to park here and go to the underground mall in Japantown and the surrounding area.
  • This is a great place to park your car. It's clean and safe which already puts it above almost all public parking structures in San Francisco. The maximum parking ticket cost is $23 and many shops in the Japan Center shopping mall offer parking validation which will take $2 off. They have payment machines to let pay for your ticket but you will need to pay at the actual booth to receive your validation discount. The only real downside is that the garage is relatively small so it may be hard to find a spot. The parking attendants at the payment booth also seem thoroughly uninterested (and from what I've read in other reviews they can also be rude and unhelpful) but thankfully I didn't have any problems.
  • A great little escape from the city abd a nice place to sit down and enjoy the day. Plenty to do around the area too.
  • this was a fun discovery in the heart of japan town. Apparently a lot of people know about it, but it was a surprise to me! It's mostly underground with a bunch of really cute japanese shops and services. I spent a good hour wandering around and looking at different stores. They also have a few food courts. It's definitely a good tourist option in SF.
  • No good restaurants. All for tourists. The parking is getting more and more expensive. The only good ones are Kinokuniya and the already closed mochi shop run by an old lady.